Tentatively, the French High Commission has approved April 22 and May 6 as dates to elect a new 57-member territorial assembly for a five-year term.
The dates are expected to be officially confirmed in December.
Electoral lists have to be drawn up by late March, with campaging starting in April.
A list has to secure 12.5 per cent of votes in the first round to make it to the run-off in May.
In the last election in 2013, the Tahoeraa Huiraatira of Gaston Flosse won 38 of the 57 seats.